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EHang, Monarch Aircraft Partner to establish Middle East and North Africa region’s “first sustainable electric aircraft, drone production and operation facilities”

The busi­ness links between Chi­na and the Mid­dle East con­tin­ue to strength­en with this lat­est news that EHang are to col­lab­o­rate with Monarch Air­craft to bring eVTOLs, drones and the nec­es­sary oper­a­tion facil­i­ties to the region, reports eastwestconn.com, cit­ing the Dubai CATV Wei­bo account. Abu Dhabi where Monarch is based has been cho­sen as the first cen­tre. 

The com­pa­ny will work along­side EHang to devel­op sus­tain­able elec­tric air­craft and drones, build an autonomous­ly man­aged air mobil­i­ty com­mand and con­trol cen­tre, while estab­lish­ing infra­struc­ture, like ver­ti­ports and drone hubs along­side gen­er­al facil­i­ties to oper­ate these craft.

The announce­ment is in line with the Abu Dhabi Indus­tri­al Strategy’s ini­tia­tives, includ­ing Indus­try 4.0’s inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies, new cir­cu­lar econ­o­my reg­u­la­to­ry frame­work as well as new green poli­cies and incen­tives to con­tin­ue its tran­si­tion towards a smart, cir­cu­lar, and sus­tain­able econ­o­my.

Hus­sein Ali Alomi­ra, Founder and Chair­man of Monarch com­ment­ed, “This project will sup­port Abu Dhabi’s future trans­port indus­try, in line with the government’s vision to devel­op smart city infra­struc­ture. It pro­vides a new con­cept for car­go and pas­sen­ger trans­porta­tion, using advanced tech­nol­o­gy, arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and sus­tain­able ener­gy to achieve zero car­bon emis­sions.”

His Excel­len­cy Rashed Abdulka­rim Al Blooshi, Under­sec­re­tary of UAE trade, added, “As part of its efforts to tran­si­tion to the next phase of eco­nom­ic diver­si­fi­ca­tion, Abu Dhabi is focus­ing on knowl­edge based, inno­va­tion-dri­ven eco­nom­ic sec­tors. The Indus­tri­al strat­e­gy is a major fac­tor to achieve our objec­tives as its pro­grammes aim to enhance, encour­age, and adopt meth­ods and tech­nolo­gies of indus­try 4.0, cir­cu­lar econ­o­my, tal­ent devel­op­ment, ecosys­tem enable­ment, home­grown sup­ply chain, and val­ue chain devel­op­ment”. 

He con­tin­ued, “This part­ner­ship to man­u­fac­ture and man­age elec­tric-pow­ered air­craft and drones for car­go and pas­sen­gers reflects high lev­el of our infra­struc­ture for advanced and smart indus­tries and devel­oped leg­isla­tive and reg­u­la­to­ry frame­works in the Emi­rate, which pro­vides an attrac­tive envi­ron­ment for inno­va­tions and invest­ments in advanced indus­tries and tech­no­log­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion.”

Chi­na and the Mid­dle East, in par­tic­u­lar, Sau­di Ara­bia and the UAE, con­tin­ue to strength­en their busi­ness rela­tion­ships. For exam­ple, last week Dubai-based CATV signed a deal to air more Chi­nese TV shows where pro­grams will be dubbed in Ara­bic. There are over 300,000 Chi­nese peo­ple liv­ing in the UAE alone.

The Vice Pres­i­dent of Chi­na Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion (CCTV), Sun Yusheng, said the two coun­tries “are expand­ing their part­ner­ship” and that this lat­est deal “will help deep­en under­stand­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

Also, a large part of the futur­is­tic city, NEOM, is being con­struct­ed by top engi­neers and exper­tise from Chi­na, along­side future sur­veil­lance and polic­ing of the city.

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(News Source: www.eastwestconn.com)

(Images: EHang)

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